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My Father Is The King


Statue of Louis IX, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre.
Photo by Larry Johnson, via Wikipedia

In 1220 A.D. a young prince lived in the Royal court of his father, the reigning Catholic King of France, Louis VIII.  As in all royal courts of that time, corruption and evil made the days of the youngster filled with dangers to his morals.  When the nobles encouraged the lad to give into the evil example of the court, the prince would cry out, “No, No!  I cannot sin.  My father is the King!”

The boy went on to take the title of King Louis IX of France.  So well did he keep his ideas that the Church canonized him St. Louis IX, some thirty years after his death.

One may say, a simple story, but this true take influenced my life for the last 86 years.  At the time of my Confirmation, about the age of twelve, I took the name Louis, because of my admiration for his way of life.  Through the years, I couldn’t forget his story so that when temptations came, I found myself crying out, “No, No!  I cannot sin.  My Father is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords!”  This battle cry motivated me to hold on to my ideals.

In saying these words, I reminded myself that I was a child of God.  In creating us, God, our Father, put a spark of His own Divine Self into our lives.  We have the high responsibility as sons and daughters of this Great Father, to keep goodness in our hearts.

Many people suffer from the sickness of low self-esteem.  They consider themselves of little value because of ordinary gifts in school work, in sports ability, in physical appearance, or in the social positions in life.  All gifts such as personal beauty, big salaries, popularity, and social success eventually pass away.  Our true worth lies in the fact of our being sons and daughters of the Father, brothers and sisters of Jesus, and of having the Presence of the Holy Spirit within us.  These gifts never leave us.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”  What a wonderful promise! With everyone facing temptations to sin, all could draw strength to resist evil from the words of the young prince, “No, No!  I cannot sin!  My Father is the King, the King of Kings, the All-Holy One!”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 22, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Wonderful. May god continue to bless you, family, us, incl. with safety, health, wisdom, courage strength& daily inspiration. Enjoy spring , holiday, his love, fond memories, incl. with parents, & uncle John. Tpd

    Comment by Tom P. Dubrick | May 22, 2017 | Reply

  2. Beautiful analogy and artistic picture of who we are In Christ and how we should respond to temptations. This is our high calling! If we draw our self worth from our Heavenly Father and what He has done for us, we should never view ourselves low. We are co-heirs with Christ! Unbelievable that He would lift us to such a position!! Loving and serving others in the name of Chrsit is our highest call. All other things earthly shall pass away.

    Comment by Kathleen | May 22, 2017 | Reply

  3. Thank you father for your words of wisdom and encouragement. These days we are living in are so discouraging. Please keep helping us to keep relying on our Heavily father who will never leave us alone.

    Comment by Susan Chandler | June 2, 2017 | Reply


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